Support Ohio Governor DeWine and Dr. Acton

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On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared a global pandemic of a novel coronavirus (classified COVID-19).

On March 12, 2020, Dr. Amy Acton, Director of the Ohio Department of Health, signed an order (pursuant to ORC 3701.13) to "limit and/or prohibit mass gatherings in the State of Ohio."

On March 13, 2020, President Donald Trump declared a national emergency in response to the global pandemic of COVID-19.

On March 22, 2020, Dr. Amy Acton signed an order "that all persons stay at home unless engaged in essential work or activity."

As of May 3, 2020, Ohio has experienced over 19,000 cases of COVID-19 and over 1,000 deaths. Original estimates predicted, without intervention, Ohio could have experienced up to 10,000 new cases of COVID-19 per day. This would have resulted in the state's healthcare system being overwhelmed and additional loss of life.

Since the beginning of this crisis, Governor DeWine and Dr. Acton have held regular news conferences to brief the press and public. These news conferences have been highly effective in keeping Ohioans informed and calm.

In the weeks leading up to the first phase of reopening Ohio, certain groups and citizens have protested Ohio's response to the pandemic and the actions taken by Governor Dewine and Dr. Acton.

1. We agree with experts who believe reopening the state all at once would have dire consequences. We support a phased approach to reopening the state.

2. We support the actions taken by Governor DeWine, Dr. Acton, and Lieutenant Governor Husted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We believe these actions have been in the best interest of Ohio and its citizens. Furthermore, we believe these actions have slowed the spread of COVID-19 and saved the lives of countless Ohioans. We DO NOT support changes to the current law which would restrict the powers vested in the Director of Health.

3. We are signing this petition as a demonstration of our support for Governor DeWine, Dr. Acton, and Lieutenant Governor Husted during this national emergency.